Monday, October 23, 2006
Watch Out for Staph Infections On Buses & Trains
about how staph infections are spreading through the Skid Row area, infecting cops, firemen, nurses, and others who work in that area......
It asserts what I've been trying to say previously. That filthy seats on buses and trains are worse than just an eye sore. While, first off, the homeless situation on Skid Row is a disgrace and a clear sign of society's indifference toward the plight of people in need, it also means something for the MTA and their seats, and consequently for their passengers. If a staph infected homeless, say, veteran, catches the subway from Downtown L.A. to say, the Valley, well, guess what may happen to the next person who sits on that seat? That's right, he or she may get a staph infection.
Anyhow, this is not to say this bacteria is MTA's fault, for it isn't. But they clearly could care more about the hygiene on their buses and trains. It's quite ugly if it gets to a point wherein regular passengers get infected with a potentially dangerous bacteria, just because the city fails to deal with the homeless problem, and the MTA fail to keep their seats disinfected. That also goes in the face of their glorified ads. It ain't so romantic in reality, yet, a bottle of disinfectant from a dollar store could make a relevant difference on an entire car of staph germs. I can imagine purchasing a bottle of disinfectant; spray all of the seats in one particular car all in a matter of 10-15 minutes. In other words, it would be easy, and could prevent staph infections.
If repelling looking seats would be unreasonable to complain about.
So, could not seats get disinfected, At Least, once a week? As opposed to never?
If you read that laweekly article you're in for some reaffirmation of the neglecting mindset I've been whining over here. It truly exists, and plagues not only the MTA. The difference is, that MTA is a public transit agency utilized by a cross section of the city's population, whereas Skid Row, may be an area that's very extreme, and therefore tough to relate for/care for (which is a disgrace btw). The same could not be said about the MTA, which encompasses everyone of every background. Yet is left to breed staph all the same.
Better do something now, before it's too late.
Either fix the homeless problem immediately, or sanitize the seats until that can get done.
I mean, you don't want to wait for a bus for 40 minutes and get infected with staph on top of it. Because if that's the case, you might as well get ignored by the bus driver.